Roberta Casper Watson is the leader of the firm’s health and welfare group. Her practice is in the areas of ERISA and employee benefits, with a focus on pension and profit sharing plans as well as health and welfare benefits, including COBRA, HIPAA, and the Affordable Care Act. Roberta also concentrates in ERISA fiduciary decision making and employee stock ownership plans.
Within the employee benefits field, Roberta’s extensive experience goes beyond ERISA and impacts other areas of law. For example, she is skilled in determining how employee benefits affect family law and labor law, including the American Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. As a result, she applies specific provisions that must be integrated into benefit plans - so as to comply with these rules and satisfy government reporting requirements while fully informing participants. Additionally, she spearheads litigation when fiduciary breaches occur in employee benefit plans.
Roberta is an active member and a past chair of the American Bar Association Tax Section’s Employee Benefits Committee, the ABA’s Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (JCEB), the ABA Health Law Section’s Employee Benefits Interest Group, the Harvard Club, and Florida West Coast Employee Benefits Council. She is a member of the Tampa Bay Pension Council and is a charter member of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.
Prior to joining The Wagner Law Group, Roberta was a shareholder and senior member at a leading Tampa law firm.